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Announcements for the weeks of Sept. 8 and 15

Personal Announcements

A message from President
Ray Di Pasquale

Please join me in congratulating CCRI's Theatre program, which won every award in Motif Magazine's 2014 Theater Awards' College/University category. Motif polled the critics and theater companies about their own best work and the best work they saw and assembled a list of nominees for public voting in July.

Honored were:

  • Male Performance: Jeff Ararat, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
  • Female Performance: Marina Tejada, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
  • Set Design: Assistant Professor Luke Sutherland, "Spitfire Grill"
  • Costume: Leslie Ford and Brandy Lee Silva, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
  • Direction: Associate Professor Theodore R. Clement, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
  • Production: "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"

CCRI's Performing Arts Department continues to be a point of pride for the college, and we are fortunate to be able to enjoy top-notch theater productions and concerts right here on our campuses, thanks to the hard work of our talented students and faculty members. Congratulations to each of the students and professors whose work was recognized, and to the entire department for its accomplishments. We are proud of you!

A message from the Controller's Office

The in-state travel policy has been revised effective June 1. You can find further information on the controller's website. The Controller's Office will be scheduling training by departments for the electronic in-state travel reimbursement process. Shortly, we will begin sending email invites to attend training sessions.

Please note that the deadline to submit a reimbursement request has changed. Also, direct deposit is now available for travel reimbursement.

PanAm Travel is the new travel agency for out-of-state travel. Visit the website for the most recent out-of-state travel policy information.

Anyone with questions should contact Jo Anne Robitaille.

A message from Vice President for Business Affairs David Patten

A project to replace more than 400 wood doors and the front entrance doors and install a door access system in the main building and field house at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln is underway.

The new access system will require employees who use keys to access certain rooms (e.g., labs and offices) to use their CCRI ID card to gain access to those same rooms. As such, it is important to carry your ID card with you at all times. Similar keycard access systems long have been in use at other higher education institutions, including the University of Rhode Island.

The work, which began on Aug. 25 and is anticipated to take approximately five months, is being done during second and third shifts with no interruptions to daytime activities at the college. New doors will be operational on the next business day. Information about door replacement projects at the other three CCRI campuses will be communicated as those project dates approach.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. We will send progress updates as necessary. Anyone with questions about using the new system should email David Snow, interim director of the Physical Plant, or call 401-333-7155. If you have any additional questions about the door replacement project, please contact me.

A message from Business Affairs

The elevator in the round building at the Knight Campus in Warwick will be out of service for approximately six months for repairs and upgrades. In the interim, please use the elevators in the main building and access the round building via the connecting ramps on each floor. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while this work is underway.

A message from the Department of Marketing and Communications

instagramCCRI is excited to announce that the college is now on Instagram! We encourage everyone to view the ccri1964 profile, follow the account and like posts. The college is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and we encourage everyone to use #CCRI50 on anniversary celebration posts.

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New Announcements

Art shows in Lincoln and Warwick

artFlanagan Campus Art Gallery: "Wild Roots," an exhibition of works by CCRI painting instructor Liliya Krys, explores the expressive range between light and dark, realism and abstraction, and docility and wilderness. The exhibition will be up through Thursday, Oct. 2. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery, Room 1527, in Lincoln.

Knight Campus Art Gallery: "TMI" is a two-person show featuring the work of Alicia Renadette and Michael Robert Pollard. Renadette "exploits materials with multi-tiered associations, often using black humor, duality and word play ... " to create sculptures and environments. Pollard "juxtaposes a blunt use of color, form and materials to combine observations, and reflections documenting the ebbs and flows of abstraction and the human condition." The display runs through Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, Room 3500, in Warwick.

Dean's coffee hour

Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Lois Wims will be holding a coffee hour on each of the four campuses to welcome back faculty and engage on issues of interest in these academic areas and the college. The dates are as follows:

  • 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick
  • 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the President's Conference Room at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, in Room 200 at the Newport County Campus.

Microsoft Exchange updates

The Microsoft Exchange email system will be updated on Sunday, Sept. 21. During the day, email will not be available to faculty and staff.

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Events This Week

Art shows in Lincoln and Warwick

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Ongoing News & Events

Alumni Association seeking nominations

The CCRI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for awards to be presented at its Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years event. There will be 25 awards in total, one from each academic department and one from each of the following categories:

  • Health and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Business, Science and Technology
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Awards will be presented to CCRI graduates who have been active as community leaders, attained personal and professional success and have brought honor upon themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. Submit a nomination no later than Oct. 31.

New work order system

In July, CCRI launched a new work order system called MaintenanceDirect by SchoolDude. This system provides CCRI with enhanced capabilities for managing facilities work orders; improved tracking capabilities for CCRI employees to enter and track work orders; and improved preventative maintenance scheduling for the Physical Plant team.

If you have not already done so, please register for the new system. Log in using your CCRI username and password. Once you log in, you can view a tutorial or watch a video to learn more about the system and how to submit work order requests.

Links to information also can be found on the Faculty and Staff and Director of Administration Web pages.

If you experience any difficulties with the new system, please contact David Snow at or by phone at 401-333-7155.

State payroll to go paperless

In an effort to streamline the payroll system, the State of Rhode Island is announcing that Paystub RI soon will be available to state employees. Paystub RI is a Web-based tool that allows state employees with direct deposit to securely access their payroll information online and will move us away from paper paystubs. Effective Oct. 10, you will no longer receive paystubs in the mail.

You should have received some general information in your last two paychecks. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Anyone with any questions should contact 401-825-2180.

Common Reading Project selection

TwelveYearsaSlaveThe English Department has announced that its Common Reading Project selection for the 2014-15 academic year will be "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup.

Most recently made famous by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, the text is one of many slave narratives that unflinchingly tell the story of African and African-American slaves in the antebellum South. The narrative, written in 1853, tells the story of Northup, who was born a free black man in New York.

The CCRI community is encouraged to participate by reading this selection. Learn more.

CITLA announces 2014-15 book clubs

There was a terrific response to a survey sent out by CITLA for the fall 2014 book club discussions. The top choices were "Brain Rules" by John Medina and "Student Engagement Techniques: a Handbook for College Faculty" by Elizabeth F. Barkley. Both books will be read in the fall.

Many were also interested in "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student" by Rebekah Nathan and "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck. Those two choices will be read in spring 2015. Watch for a notice about when and where discussions will be held.

Career and Internship Office to host internship fair

CCRI's Career and Internship Office will host an internship fair on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liston Campus in Providence. The fair will feature more than 20 local agencies and companies. Those attending should dress professionally and bring their résumé.

Anyone with any questions or who would like more information should contact the Career and Internship Office at 401-455-6151.

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

New hires

Welcome to the newest members of the CCRI community:

  • Paula Arruda
    Information services technician II, Office Services
  • Cynthia Banna
    Assistant professor, Allied Health/Phlebotomy
  • Peter Brito
    Coordinator CNA program, CWCE
  • Michelle Bull
    Assistant professor, Nursing - ADN
  • Ross Dean
    Technical staff assistant, English Department
  • Kristine Ferro
    Assistant professor, Nursing - LPN
  • Ida McGhee
    Visiting lecturer, Library
  • Mary O'Loughlin
    Accountant, Bookstore
  • Paul Rylander Jr.
    Chief accountant, Controller's Office

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Last Updated: 9/8/14